BY TER STAFF
Kicking off what will certainly be a great month of live music in Chicago, the month-long Red Bull Music Festival invaded Chicago last night with a stacked opening night lineup. Taking place at the Wintrust Arena, Red Bull hosted a GOOD Music Showcase that featured a number of the label’s members and closest affiliates, including Desiigner, Teyana Taylor, Nas, Pusha T and more. From top to bottom, fans in the Windy City enjoyed performances from some of their favorite rappers and singers.
The night kicked off in great fashion as GOOD Music’s 070 Shake, got the performances started by singing her new collaboration’s with the label’s founder and Chicago’s own, Kanye West, who unfortunately did not make an appearance despite fan speculation. The set was short but sweet and set the tone for the remainder of the night.
After one of the labels newest signees, Valee, performed, ‘Panda’ rapper Desiigner delivered the wildest and craziest set of the entire night. Desiigner had an infinite amount of energy and had the floor level moshing and going crazy. Desiigner even immersed himself into the mosh pit and put it all on the line to keep the crowd engaged. While he doesn’t have the star power of the night’s headliners, Desiigner proved why he is certainly worthy of his spot on GOOD Music.
Although she didn’t dive into the crowd like Desiigner, Teyana Taylor’s performance was also well received by the Chicago crowd, getting some of the loudest screams of the entire night. Teyana’s set was a nice contrast with all the rapper’s on the lineup, as she showed off her impressive dance skills and amazing vocals. Her set was soon followed by the label’s president, rap legend, Pusha T. Pusha T always gives his all on stage and fans in attendance can attest that Saturday night was certainly no exception to the rule. Pusha performed a number of tracks from his new Kanye West produced album, Daytona, one of the contenders for Rap’s Album of the Year.
Last but certainly not least, Nas blessed the stage to greet his Chicago fans. One of the greatest of all time, Nas is as good as ever and like Pusha T, he performed tracks from his new album produced by Kanye, of course mixed with some of his biggest hits from throughout the years. Nas blew us away with his new tracks while keeping us nostalgic with the classic and was a great ending to an already memorable night. Well done Red Bull… well done!
Check out our photos from last night’s performance below and get your tickets for the remaining dates of the Red Bull Music Festival here.
Photos by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration